There are nine unbeaten teams remaining in the state, three in Division I, four in Division II and two in Division III. The goal this week is to identify one team in each division that has the best chance to finish the regular season undefeated. Here we go ...
The unbeatens: Bedford (4-0), Concord (4-0) and Pinkerton Academy (4-0).
Best chance to finish undefeated: Pinkerton
The Astros have already passed their toughest tests (Nashua South, Salem and Londonderry). Bedford and Concord each have tougher remaining schedules. Plus the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs still have to play each other.
The unbeatens: St. Thomas (4-0), Kennett (4-0), Windham (4-0) and Lebanon (3-0).
Best chance to finish undefeated: Windham
It's likely that more than one team from this division will enter the postseason with an unblemished record, but the rules say we can pick only one. Lebanon and Kennett still have to face one another, although the winner of that game could finish unbeaten as well. St. Thomas still has to get past Laconia and Trinity; Windham will likely be tested by Milford and Monadnock. Slight edge to the Jaguars.
The unbeatens: Bow (3-0) and Winnisquam (3-0).
Best chance to finish undefeated: Bow
Fourteen of the 16 teams in Division III have at least one loss after three weeks. Bow, last year's Division III champ, has allowed seven points in its three games and appears to be the best of the bunch, but the Falcons will have to get past Winnisquam on Oct. 25.
At any rate with the utmost confidence ... this week's selections:
Broncos are lacking a signature win. This would be it.
Memorial will likely need a victory to remain a viable playoffs contender.
Nashua South 20
Panthers are seeking their third straight victory.
Londonderry offense is a handful.
The Clippers inch closer to a playoff berth
Shout out to the many Spaulding players who worked at the Soup Kitchen this week.
Bishop Guertin 14
Astros will have to carry on without fullback/linebacker Jason Hansen (torn ACL, sprained MCL).
Constrasting styles will meet in Exeter on Saturday night.
Warriors will likely be without quarterback Brian Auffant (stress fracture) for the rest of the season.
Nashua North 28
Merrimack 14Have a hunch that North's Myles Cassin-Reed is going to have a very productive game.
St. Thomas 27
The Saints have outscored their opponents 169-25 this season.
The Eagles will be unbeaten at this time next week too.
An unbeaten falls.
Thus far, no one has been able to give Windham a game.
Merrimack Valley 32
The Pride improve to 3-0 away from home.
Someone will exit this game with their first victory.
Abington, Mass. 20
Abington (3-1) enters this contest on a three-game winning streak.
Huskies are playing good defense. They make it three wins in a row.
Plymouth 14Despite their 0-3 record, expect the Bobcats to make life tough for the Pioneers in this one.
John Stark 14Winner of this game is still very much in the playoff picture.
Sanborn is 1-2, but it's losses came against unbeaten St. Thomas and unbeaten Windham.
Still not sure what happened to the Somersworth defense against Gilford.
Bishop Brady 14Defense has been an issue for each of these teams.
Not sure anyone in Division III is on Bow's level.
Franklin 6Franklin ended a nine-game losing streak last weekend, and will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since 2012.
Toughest game to pick this week. Banking on another big game from Christian Serrano.
The Tigers should be able to take advantage of an Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough defense that has surrendered at least 20 points in each of its three games.
The Bears have allowed 110 points in three games.
Fall Mountain 12
Since it has what you could call a favorable schedule, Gilford may run the table and finish 7-1
Last week: 22-5
Record to date: 77-23
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